Monday, 2 February 2009

Bluegrass and old-time music in novels

There is already a small, but good and growing, body of novels about people whose lives are involved with bluegrass music. Peter McGinn's novel Dobro dreamer, published in 2008, is a murder mystery, with an original structural twist, in which the setting is a bluegrass festival run by a family band. Full details appeared on the original Bluegrass Blog in December.

Now Scroll and curl, a mystery novel set in the world of old-time music, has been written by John Pedersen, leader of the Roadoilers old-time band from Marin county, CA, and owner of Amazing Grace Music in San Anselmo. It's about an old-time band on tour, who become involved in a mysterious plot after one of them finds a cheap fiddle at a yard sale.

Scroll and curl will be published early in February. John Pedersen will be doing a book signing on 3 February at 7.00 p.m. at Books Inc. (formerly A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books) in the Opera Plaza complex in San Francisco. It can also be bought through Amazing Grace or Amazon.